Jason Ricketts fails to qualify for shot put final at Parapan Am Games
Newcomer Jason Ricketts got his first baptism at a regional championship in Lima, Peru, at the Parapan American Games in the men's T12 shot put for totally blind athletes.
Just over a year into the discipline, the Jamaican was not daunted by the experience on Wednesday night and gave it a season's best shot of 8.20m, an improvement over his previous best mark of 8.04m. However, that was not enough to earn him a place in the final.
The gold medal went to Brazilian Aleandro DaSilva, the silver to Argentinian Antonio Ortiz and the bronze to Colombian Edwin Rodriguez.
"Who would have thought that I could have qualified for the Parapan American Games, having only started last year. But then I simply put my mind to the task with coach Sinclair and here I am very grateful to be representing my country and looking forward to more achievements," said Ricketts.
Sport Manager and coach, Neville Sinclair, a Paralympian who notched up many medals at regional and international championships when he represented Jamaica, was pleased with Ricketts' debut.
Sinclair commented: "I am satisfied and can only wish Jason the very best as he is disciplined, motivated, talented, a team player and a great person."
Ricketts, a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication, goes back into the training camp with the hope of getting to the big show – the 2020 Olympic Games - in Tokyo, Japan, next year.